Every four years the Olympics remind us of some of the greatest athletes in our country. Once the Olympics end, many of these incredible people fade from the headlines and go back to training in the sports they love. One of the greatest stories of the Beijing Summer Olympics was that of Dara Torres. She exhibited uncommon and incredible sportsmanship while swimming a personal best and winning a silver medal in the 50 meter women's freestyle. She did this at the age of 41, competing against swimmers more than half her age. She was competing her 5th Olympics and won her 12th medal. This was all accomplished while swimming with a heavy heart because her coach could not make the trip to Beijing. Weeks before the Olympics, Coach Michael Lohberg was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare and life-threatening blood disorder.
While many of Coach Lohberg's swimmers were in Beijing swimming for gold, he was at the National Institutes of Health, NIH, in Bethesda Maryland fighting for his life. Aplastic anemia is a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells. The term 'aplastic' means the marrow suffers from an aplasia that renders it unable to function properly. Anemia is the condition of having reduced hemoglobin or red cell concentration in the blood. Typically, anemia refers to low red blood cell counts, but aplastic anemia patients have lower counts of all three blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This not an easy or inexpensive medical condition to fight. I encourage people to read about the disease and help Coach Lohberg cover the costs in fighting this condition. Many of the coaches and teachers in society are our the most valuable commodity, yet the also the most under appreciated. Below is the information for helping Coach Michael Lohberg.
Donate Now to Swim Coach Michael Lohberg
Those interested in donating money to help defray the medical expenses for Michael Lohberg, USA Olympic Coach and Coral Springs Swim Club Coach, may mail contributions to:
CHARITABLE DONATION ACCOUNT
4695 N University Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33067
Payable to: Michael Lohberg
Account # 0066065580
Routing # 267083763
For additional information:
Please call Dorie Vega at BankAtlantic 954-344-2488 Ext. 7000
We all cheer for the athletes, so lets support those who help make things happen for them!
Revenue generated by this blog for the remainder of November and the month of December will be forwarded to Michael Lohberg. Let's see how much we can raise for a great cause.